Did you ever have your birthday at a Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurant? Or perhaps you’ve been to a party at one as a guest, or have thrown a Chuck E. Cheese party for one of your own kids?
I think as a kid, I saw the commercials and wanted so badly to go to a Chuck E. Cheese’s, but there weren’t any that were really close enough to where I grew up in Niagara to really make it feasible. What I DID get to enjoy was a party (I think it was my 7th birthday) at Choo Choo Charlie’s in St. Catharines. It’s pretty much the same concept, but with different characters. Charlie was a train-engineering dog, and so there was a bit of a theme of trains involved too (hence the name).
One thing it had in common with Chuck E. Cheese’s was that they both had an animatronic band to keep the kids entertained. You know what I’m talking about… (skip to 1:55 for the performance):
As entertaining as those things are, there’s something that’s just a little bit… creepy about them.
One of my favourite memes that I’ve seen lately is the Chuck E. Cheese Challenge, where people do their best to mimic the jerky, unnatural movements of those animatronic musicians. Here’s one of the best examples I’ve seen yet:
Lovin’ that tune? Me too – that’s Redbone, from Childish Gambino‘s latest album Awaken My Love!
Don’t worry though, by the time you get to the end of this post you’ll have heard it plenty of times.
Here’s another one from the same group, shot in the exact same spot:
Those guys are all from the Dragon House Dance Crew, based out of Atlanta. They’ve made a name for themselves in recent years, appearing on shows like America’s Got Talent and So You Think You Can Dance.
Now I don’t know if those guys are the ones who started this whole thing or not, but there are certainly plenty of other crews out there who have pulled it off too… with varying degrees of success:
You get the idea. And you know what? I don’t even feel inclined to take the challenge. There’s so many great ones out there that I don’t think I’d be able to do it justice.